Monday, April 12, 2010

The Seven Years War Campaign

I've been playing in Wes Rogers' Seven Years War campaign since September. It's interesting, played on a fictional continent. Our armies have been wandering around for a good long time now, without many encounters. My country is based on Spain and have happily been marching about grabbing land from whomever we can pilfer it.

However, in the last build year, the Russian based country intercepted one of my field armies at sea, after doing nothing to the Russians, destroyed my small fleet and captured an entire army. I was not a happy camper, and launched one of my field armies at the Russians, and attacked his cities in the south. I didn't do a lot of maneuver with the defending forces. No two steps. I went right at one of his main cities, and used it as a base to attack the Russian capital.

At the end of the turn, with my army facing the capital, I discovered the Russian strength-about half my own, with more troops sent to reinforce the defenders. I marched my cavalry off to intercept the all-foot army in the hopes I could defeat the relief force while preparing for what was likely to be a bloody storming of the city.

It could not have worked out any better. With about half of the relief force composed of militia, the cavalry had its way with the unsteady troops. Three units were driven back into the surrounding villages with loss, leaving the line troops to fend for themselves. The Royal Cuirassiers combined with a dragoon unit to break one square while the rest of the troops made their way into the city at a full rout. Another action broke out between my large infantry column and three Russian battalions. They only held me up for a turn as artillery and infantry fire drove them back into the city with loss.

A subsequent storming of the city was bloody but resulted in the loss of the Russian capital and the complete destruction of the Russian army. We reached terms favorable to both sides and things are looking up

Pictures were taken with my iPhone. Something different. The first shows Joe Waddington marching Russians worsted by cavalry being driven back into the villages outside the capital. The second picture shows Joe's troops marching out of the capital. The last pic is of the isolated square being overwhelmed by the brave Spanish cavalry.

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